Atomic | Optical Physicist

The Aerospace Corporation

United States

February 10, 2022


The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you'll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

We remain committed to maintaining a safe environment for hiring as we look forward to the future of work. Clickhere for information on Aerospace's COVID-19 directives and safety procedures implemented to keep our workplace safe.

Job Summary

Physical Sciences Laboratories (PSL) has more than 100 specialized laboratories used to test, analyze, and troubleshoot virtually every aspect of rocket and satellite system design, development, construction, deployment, and operation. The diverse expertise of the laboratories' technical staff allows PSL to stay abreast of new technological developments and program support issues associated with rapidly evolving space systems.

The Photonics Technology Department is seeking a Research Scientist to engage in research primarily in the fields of atomic physics and timekeeping. You will be responsible for contributing to research projects within the section's technical portfolio including research into the field/atom interaction and development of next-generation atomic clocks for space. S/he will be able to collaborate with a team of research staff, contribute to novel scientific and applied physics research, and interact with customers to drive innovation and solve problems. This is a full-time, on-site position based in El Segundo, CA.

What You'll Be Doing

  • As part of the Atomic Clock Technologies research section, you will conduct basic atomic physics experiments related to atomic clocks and lead experiments in atomic clock testbeds and related technologies

  • You will play a critical role in supporting Aerospace's ability to provide technical timekeeping guidance to a wide range of space programs

  • Support Aerospace customers (e.g. Space Force) in a variety of fields from precision timing analysis to on-orbit clock evaluation

  • Develop analysis tools and techniques for high precision clock performance validation

  • Engage in collaborative research with other scientists and engineers related to next-generation atomic device prototypes (e.g., atomic clocks and quantum sensors)

  • May lead project teams within a department. Supports multiple programs and/or activities and frequently acts as point-of-contact for technical activities.

  • What You Need to be Successful

    Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD from an accredited program in a STEM field or equivalent

  • Typically (8) years of experience in a research laboratory environment in atomic clocks, atomic physics, lasers, sensors, nonlinear optics, or related areas

  • You should have strong interpersonal skills, which include mentoring and collaborating with other employees to optimize research progress and drive technical innovation

  • Willing to travel domestically/internationally, approx. one time/year

  • This position requires ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance

  • How You Can Stand Out

    It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • Subject matter expertise in atomic physics and demonstrated understanding of current state of the art in atomic clocks, timekeeping, or atomic spectroscopy

  • Relevant experience or education in laboratory experimentation, developing test strategies, experiment design, and hardware integration

  • Experience with Python, MATLAB, LabVIEW, Mathematica, C/C++, etc.

  • Ways We Reward Our Employees

    During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry- leading benefits.

    Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect
  • We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

    Equal Opportunity Commitment

    The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

    Similar Jobs

    Brookhaven National Laboratory

    United States Jan 7, 2022

    Add to favorites

    Detector Physicist Upton, NY

    Brookhaven National Laboratory (www. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages The mission of the Instrumentation Division is to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation required...

    The Aerospace Corporation

    United States Dec 30, 2021

    Add to favorites

    Electric Propulsion Engineer

    The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space As the operator of a federally funded research and development At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace We remain...

    Princeton University

    United States Jan 4, 2022

    Add to favorites

    Head of Tokamak Experimental Science

    The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific The Princeton...